How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal, Washing Machine and Dishwasher

How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal, Washing Machine and Dishwasher

Wondering how to easily clean your home appliances like the garbage disposal, dishwasher and washing machine? It’s important to keep these household items clean to avoid needing repair and maintenance overhauls — or worse, an entirely new system. Avoid throwing your money down the drain with these tips.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

A clean garbage disposal not only helps maintain the health of your entire plumbing system, but also works to decrease foul odors in the kitchen. To clean your garbage disposal you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Dish soap
  • Old toothbrush or other small sponge
  • Ice
  1. Pour a half cup of baking soda on top of the rubber drain gasket and allow for it to also pour down the drain. Do not rinse with water yet.
  2. Pour one cup of vinegar on top of the baking soda and down the drain. The baking soda and vinegar will react to create fizz and work to loosen dirt and food build-up.
  3. Allow baking soda and vinegar to soak for about 10 minutes.
  4. Scrub the mixture with an old toothbrush or small sponge and a little dish soap and rinse.
  5. To freshen odors and sharpen your garbage disposal’s blades, slice a lemon into eighths and grab a handful of ice cubes to throw down your kitchen sink drain and into the garbage disposal. Turn on the disposal to allow for the lemon and ice to sharpen and freshen the blades and drain.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

How can you expect your washing machine to clean your clothes when it itself is not clean? Mold, mildew and odors easily form in the moist conditions of a washing machine — especially in humid Florida. Keep your machine fresh and clean with just a few ingredients and know-how:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Rag
  1. Fill your empty washing machine to capacity with the hot water. Pour three to four cups of white vinegar into the machine.
  2. Allow the vinegar to mix with the hot water, then add a ½ cup of baking soda into the machine.
  3. Stop the washer and allow the mixture to soak for about 30 minutes to one hour.
  4. During the soaking time, dip a rag or clean cloth into the soaking water and use to wipe down the top, lid, knobs or buttons, and sides of your washing machine.
    * This tutorial is for top-loading washing machines. Front-loading washing machines most likely have a cleaning setting and will be best to follow your own user manual.)

How to Clean a Dishwasher

Your dishwasher has a big job to do and needs maintenance just like any other appliance. White vinegar and baking soda are, again, the only key ingredients to clean a dishwasher. Here’s how to clean it:

  1. Carefully remove the bottom rack and spray arm (if removable) of your empty dishwasher.
  2. Examine the drain and surrounding areas to ensure there are no solid particles or chunks of anything blocking drainage.
  3. Remove and clean or replace the filter screen and wet/dry vac any other debris.
  4. Pour one cup of white vinegar on the bottom and drain in the dishwasher. Then, sprinkle about a quarter of a cup of baking soda on top of the vinegar.
  5. Turn on your dishwasher and run it on a quick, hot cycle that should sanitize the system.

Plumbing Maintenance, Repair and More With Climate Design

Do you need professional help with cleaning your garbage disposal, washing machine, dishwasher or any other part of your plumbing? Contact the plumber extraordinaires at Climate Design to get started today! Schedule your free estimate online or call now to speak with one of our trained representatives.